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September 1st, 2011
On first impression, Dr. Barry Bacon is a quiet, unassuming man. He practices medicine at the Northeast Washington Medical Group Clinic in Colville, has been married to his wife, Shelley, for 30 years and even performs in a local band comprised entirely of doctors (often under the moniker The Doctorsâ€™ Concert).
But under this reserved surface is an ambition to help the less fortunate. And for Bacon that means continuing his sojourns to the African continent.
Walking into the Colville Public Libraryâ€™s (CPL) basement is like walking into organized chaos---itâ€™s planned, but thankfully not permanent. Books and furniture are stacked in cluttered, but contained rows. Patrons with an item on hold can come in on the side entrance off of Astor Street to retrieve it, but thereâ€™s no milling about in the books that have taken temporary shelter in the buildingâ€™s lower level.
On Wednesday night a six-week-old female infant from Colville was transported via Med Star to a Spokane hospital.
Authorities say the baby showed signs of abuse and Spokane Police began an investigation. Spokane Police alerted Stevens County Sheriff Kendle Allen to the abuse and Stevens Co. Sheriff's deputies interviewed 18-year-old David M. Ordway, who lived with the baby's mother.
According to Allen, Ordway confessed to abusing the child. As of now, itâ€™s unclear whether he is the babyâ€™s biological father.
The early primary election results have clearly thinned the number of candidates for the general election, while showing a failure of the Stevens County Rural Library District levy lift proposal.
An early tally on August 19 showed the library levy lift defeated by a nearly 60 percent margin, with 5,332 voters against the measure (59.46 percent) and only 3,635 (40.54 percent) in favor.
Itâ€™s that time of year again, so be sure to check out the Northeast Washington Fair Thursday, Aug. 25 through Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds in Colville.
According to NE WA Fair Manager Lori Matlock, there are over 785 participants in this yearâ€™s fair, not counting food and craft vendors.
â€śThis year, we are at about 5,500 exhibits and climbing,â€ť says Matlock. â€śThatâ€™s great news because it means the fair is alive and well and parent are keeping their kids in this grass-roots type of education.â€ť
Orient School is gearing up for a $5.9 million remodel that will update the 100-year-old building by installing new heating and cooling systems, providing compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, improving fire safety in the historic building, constructing a covered play area and updating classrooms and offices.
The airport relocation project loomed over the goings-on at Colville City Council last week and Monday evening as council members debated whether or not to authorize an advisory vote for the Nov. 8 general election. The advisory vote revolves around whether or not the City of Colville should proceed with the process to relocate and expand the municipal airport.
Crews battled steep terrain, gusty winds and heavy timber on the Rogers Mountain fire last Thursday on the Colville National Forest (CNF).
Localized thunderstorms created wind gusts and aggressive fire behavior Thursday afternoon on the fire line, pushing the Rogers Mountain fire to 90 acres.
â€śWe know it was human caused,â€ť said CNF spokesman Franklin Pemberton. â€śBut the exact cause is still under investigation.â€ť
Pemberton quelled rumors that the fire was caused by a helicopter crash last Tuesday.
Eric Lee Booth, charged with the murder of Gordon R. Feist of Smart Way Road, Colville, could plead not guilty by reason of insanity after undergoing a mental evaluaÂ¬tion at Eastern State Hospital.
At Boothâ€™s arraignment last Tuesday, his defense attorney, Paul Wasson, requested that his client be taken to Eastern State Hospital for a professional assessment of his mental state. Wasson said that while it was uncertain that Booth, 26, would enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, Wasson still made the request for the evaluation to preserve that option.
The Stevens County Commissioners recently secured a $650,000 state grant for replacement of the Arden Bridge. The grant was obtained from the Washington State County Road Administration Board on July 28 from the boardâ€™s Rural Arterial Trust Account. The account is a portion of the state fuel tax that is set aside for emergency projects.
The grant money will be used to fund replacement of the existing structure, which suffered an undermining of its foundation from flood waters earlier this spring.